Virginia’s only juvenile human trafficking shelter to open in Roanoke Valley
ROANOKE, Va. – A safe space for human trafficking victims is one step closer to opening in the Roanoke Valley. Street Ransom has spent years renovating a safe home and raising money for operating costs. It will be the only safe home in Virginia that serves juvenile victims of sex trafficking. Virginia was the last state to criminalize human trafficking and Street Ransom leaders say the commonwealth has been playing catch-up ever since. Street Ransom has raised enough money to cover shelter operating costs for three years.
Tim Tebow joins Barr, Ivanka Trump, working to ‘push back this evil’ that is human trafficking
Former college football star Tim Tebow joined Attorney General William Barr in the fight against human trafficking. “There are 40 million people around that world who need us. Barr and presidential advisor and first daughter Ivanka Trump hosted a discussion on human trafficking in Atlanta on Monday. Tebow, joined by his wife Demi-Leigh, said the issue became personal to him after his father rescued four girls from being sold while preaching overseas. The Tim Tebow Foundation works with other organizations around the world to prevent human trafficking and help survivors with their long-term recovery.
16-year-old locked in barn rescued from human trafficking: sheriff
FLINT, Mich. – Several missing Michigan children were found Friday, according to the Genesee County Sheriff. One of them was a 16-year-old girl who was locked in a barn. Sheriff Chris Swanson said the barn was surrounded by barbed wire and it appears the girl was a victim of human trafficking. Seven four-man times spread out across Genesee County, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, to look for the children. The suspect in the case was arrested and is awaiting arraignment at the Genesee County Jail.
UPS training drivers to spot, report signs of human trafficking
According to WHAS, UPS is partnering with the group Truckers Against Trafficking to help its drivers spot signs of human trafficking along their routes. They have a traveling educational exhibit to help educate drivers, as well as steps drivers can take if they see something suspicious. Atlanta-based drivers were able to get a look inside the exhibit on Thursday, but soon, the efforts are going to be rolled out nationwide for all of UPS. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, UPS began working with Truckers Against Trafficking since late 2016 and has been expanding its efforts since then.
Department of Justice Joins Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers for Human Trafficking Roundtable
The Department of Justice today joined the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) and federal and local law enforcement officials at a roundtable to discuss the challenges posed by human traffickers. They and their counterparts from across the nation are among the first to take part in FLETCs human trafficking training program. Prosecutions led by the Southern District of Georgias Human Trafficking Task Force, spearheaded by the U.S. Attorneys Office, have freed at least 39 human trafficking victims. About the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers:FLETC trains the majority of federal law enforcement officers and agents in the United States. FLETC graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.justice.gov